Harrow Central Mosque donates £11k to hospital

Harrow Central Mosque reps hand cheque to London North West Healthcare Charity
(Courtesy of Harrow Central Mosque)

Nadine Osman

Members of Harrow’s Muslim community showed their appreciation for the work of Northwick Park Hospital by generously donating £11,000.

Representatives from Harrow Central Mosque, including its founder Mohammed Ilyas, handed a cheque to London North West Healthcare Charity and staff on the Chaucer ward on January 7.

The money will be spent on sensory and communications equipment for children with special needs and their families. The service provides physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy for more than 2,000 children and young people with learning and developmental needs across Harrow.

Chair Nasir Bashir Warsi said it is imperative the Muslim community “engages with the wider community and show it’s kindness to improving local much-needed services in and around Harrow.

The generosity of Harrow Muslim community is evident from the size of a donation and we hope this continues.”

Jaqueline Docherty, Chief Executive of London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, added: “It’s great to have the support of the mosque given our large Muslim community, and we hope this is the start of a great relationship.”

 

UK Govt’s £1K fee to register children citizens unlawful

Nadine Osman

A Government decision to charge £1,012 to register children as UK citizens was “unlawful”, the High Court ruled last month.

The fee applies to children born outside the UK, and those born in the UK before their parents were granted citizenship or settled status.

Delivering the ruling judge Justice Jay said the Home Office “failed to have regard to the best interests” of children affected. The Home Office said it would consider the ruling’s implications “carefully.”

Young people currently face a £1,012 registration fee before they can formally become British citizens – despite applications costing the Home Office £372 to process. Fees have risen since 2011, and the cost of registering two children has more than tripled due to fee increases and the abolition of second child discounts.The last increase resulted in the charge increasing from £973 to the current £1,012 fee in April 2018.

Campaigners accused the Government of “shamelessly profiteering” and said the “landmark ruling” could help tens of thousands of children growing up in the UK gain citizenship.

Justice Jay said the evidence during the hearing had shown that “for a substantial number of children, a fee of £1,012 is simply unaffordable.”

He said this made the children affected “feel alienated, excluded, isolated, second-best, insecure and not fully assimilated into the culture and social fabric of the United Kingdom.”

Johnson backs Trump after US assassinates Iranian General

 Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani and Iraq’s Deputy Chief of the Popular Mobilisation Committee, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (Credit: Hossein Velayati/Farsi News Commons)

Hamed Chapman

In his first public comment since the US assassination of Iranian military leader, General Qassem Soleimani, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, endorsed the killing and within days reversed British policy to support President Donald Trump’s attempt to sabotage the international Iranian nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The General of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was assassinated along with Iraq’s Deputy Chief of the Popular Mobilisation Committee, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in a gratuitous American drone strike at Baghdad International Airport, which Trump boasted that he had personally ordered.

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, described the state assassination as an “act of international terrorism” and that the US bears “responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.” Soleimani, he said, was “the most effective force fighting terrorist groups, Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qa’ida et al.”

“Soleimani’s martyrdom will make Iran more decisive to resist America’s expansionism and to defend our Islamic values. With no doubt, Iran and other freedom-seeking countries in the region will take his revenge,” a statement from Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani also said.

Iraq’s outgoing Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, said that the assassinations were an act of “aggression” against his country and a “massive breach of sovereignty.” Soleimani, who he said he was due to meet, was on a “peace mission” to discuss a diplomatic rapprochement that Iraq was brokering between Iran and Saudi Arabia at the request of Trump.

In a non-binding resolution, which the Prime Minister supported, Iraq’s Parliament called on the Government to expel foreign troops from the country and end the agreement with Washington to station 5,000 US troops there, which Abdul-Mahdi also supported.

There was a worldwide condemnation of the killings, even US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who said Trump had “tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox”, while fellow Democratic hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders warned the assassinations could spark a disastrous new war in the Middle East.

There was no initial response in Britain from Johnson until he returned from holiday when he dodged questions during Prime Minister’s question time about the legality of the US killings, but claimed that “most reasonable people,” would think the operation was justified.

Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, warned the US attack had greatly destabilised the region and challenged Johnson if he had any evidence the assassinations were legal when accusing him of being “unable to stand up to President Trump” because of his need for a swift post-Brexit trade deal with Washington.

In an extraordinary U-turn by the British Prime Minister, Johnson went from signing a joint statement with France and Germany calling for the retention and restoration of the Iranian nuclear deal (JCPOA) to calling for it to be scrapped and replaced by a ‘Trump deal.’
In an interview with the BBC, the British premier said he recognised the US concerns the 2015 deal was “flawed” but there had to be a way of stopping Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. “If we’re going to get rid of it then we need a replacement, let’s replace it with the Trump deal.”

In a retort to the assassinations, Iran eventually responded in what was described as a ‘carefully measured’ way by carrying out token missile strikes on two US airbases in Iraq but with a warning so no one would be killed. It, however, coincided with a tragic accidental shooting down of Ukraine passenger plane at Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport killing all 176 people on board.

13 year old and TV chef among 28 Muslim named in the New Year’s Honours

Elham Asaad Buaras

Twenty-eight members of the Muslim community have been named in the New Year’s Honours, among them a TV chef, a thirteen-year-old fundraiser, several academics as well as a community cricket activist.

Overall, 9 per cent of those honoured come from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background, including 29 (2 CBEs, 6 OBEs, 12 MBEs and 9 BEMs) members of the Hindu and Sikh communities. Over half of the recipients in the New Year’s Honours List are women, including 44 per cent of awards at the highest levels.

Ibrahim ‘Ibby’ Yousaf, 13, is the youngest person in the country named in the list. Ibby was amongst those recognised with a BEM, for his fundraising for eleven charities in Oldham. They include Oldham Food Aid, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and Maggie’s Cancer Support. Ibby rallies fundraising efforts, finding sponsors and organising fundraising events, and also donates all the money he gets given for his birthday, pocket money or Eid.

His efforts are all the more remarkable because Ibby suffers a serious health condition and requires frequent visits to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. “I am in absolute shock and overwhelmed that I have been given this honour,” said Ibby.

Ali Akbor, Chief Executive of Unity Homes and Enterprise, spoke of his pride at being awarded an OBE. Akbor, who joined unity in 1999, was honoured for services to the community in Leeds. In a statement to The Muslim News, he said he was “deeply humbled” by the award, adding, “I regard it as recognition for the work that unity staff and board members – past and present – have done over more than three decades.”

Safet Vukalić is honoured with the OBE in recognition for his work on genocide education. Vukalić is a Bosnian a survivor of a massacre in Prijedor and has been working closely with Remembering Srebrenica and the Holocaust Memorial Trust for many years. Last year, Vukalić spoke about the importance of sharing his story and said, “I want my daughters to be proud of what their father did, no matter how small, to help educate people about the consequences of hatred, ignorance, and inaction. No one should go through what happened to me.”

Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray will receive an OBE for her services to education and the Muslim community in the UK. She has worked to promote the study of Islam for over 25 years. This has included research on the work of Muslim chaplains, the history of Muslim communities in Cardiff, and the religious education of Muslim children. She is currently the Chair of the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group and former chair of the Muslims in Britain Research Network.

“I feel very honoured to have received this recognition. I would like to thank those who nominated me, and the many colleagues and friends who have supported my work over the years. I am especially indebted to those British Muslim communities which have been so generous in their encouragement and support and have been a continual source of inspiration,” she told The Muslim News.

Another Muslim academic to be recognised is Dr Adeela Ahmed Shafi, Reader in Education at the University of Gloucestershire who is to be made an MBE for her services to social justice in Bristol. Shafi has driven important initiatives as a social activist in Bristol for the last thirteen years, specifically within the Pakistani community.

She was elected as General Secretary for the Pakistan Association Bristol in 2007 and then Governor for the oversight of PAB. She is the current chair of the Avon and Somerset Police Constabulary’s Police Scrutiny Panel, engaging with the Police Crime Commissioner, Councillors and Representative groups, and working to ensure that the Police are held to account. She has an impressive publishing profile. She is engaged in research on academic resilience and is currently leading on a book entitled ‘Reconceptualising Resilience in Education.’

Top row: Ibrahim Yousaf BEM and Ali Akbor OBE. Centre row: Shabir Beg OBE, Subnum Hariff-Khan BEM and Parveen Hassan MBE. Bottom Row: Nadiya Hussain MBE, Afzal Pradhan BEM & Prof Sophie Gilliat-Ray OBE

She told The Muslim News, “It is a tremendous honour to be recognised and very humbling. All the work I have done has been working with so many fantastic people, many of whom may not feel they have a voice or who feel marginalised. I am grateful that they give me the chance to work with them and so this MBE is for them too.”

TV chef Nadiya Hussain, 35, has said she wishes her grandparents were alive to see her awarded an MBE. Born in Luton to a Bangladeshi family Hussain, won the Great British Bake Off in 2015, has been honoured for her services to broadcasting and the culinary arts. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this would ever happen to me,” said Hussain.

Chair of Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, Shabir Beg, is to be made an OBE for his services to Interfaith Relations in Glasgow. A retired market trader, Beg is deeply involved in engagement with civil society organisations and the third sector; academic institutions; diplomatic and governmental bodies; and faith leaders. Among his primary focuses are interfaith and intrafaith dialogue across religions and faith denominations to promote understanding.

Parveen Hassan, Inclusion and Community Engagement Manager, Crown Prosecution Service, is to be made an MBE for services to community engagement, inclusion, and equality. Hassan led the first West Midlands Local Criminal Justice Board Conference on forced marriage and went on to chair the Asian Women Domestic Violence Forum. She has led substantial community engagement projects to raise awareness about domestic abuse, forced marriage and so-called honour-based abuse and being part of a
Community Scrutiny Panel, which produced a protocol on domestic violence.

She told The Muslim News, “Muslims play a crucial role and make positive contributions to the economy and society. As a British Muslim and of Bangladeshi origin, it gives me great pride to be recognised on the New Year’s Honours.”

Another recipient of an MBE is the Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London, Nadeem Javaid, who is to be awarded for his services to community cohesion and young people. Javaid, a public affairs professional and grassroots campaigner, told The Muslim News, “This is such an amazing honour, and a wonderful surprise. The honour may have my name on it but, it’s one I share with all the communities that I have worked with and who have taught me so much, as well as with all the amazing people I get to work alongside.”

Afzal Pradhan has been awarded the BEM, in recognition of his work as a volunteer cricketer and services to cricket during the men’s cricket world cup last year, where he took part in multiple areas as a volunteer interviewer, a volunteer facilitator and a team leader.

Since the Cricket World Cup, he has been working with UEFA as a volunteer interviewer in preparation of the Euro2020 this year. He is currently preparing for his own homeless project ‘Hand on Heart’ and providing 450 Winter Warmer Packs to rough sleepers in London. He told The Muslim News, “If I can inspire just one person, regardless of age, to give up their time and volunteers in the community, then this accolade has been worthwhile.”

Greater Manchester Libraries’ Culture Lead, Subnum Hariff-Khan, from Bolton, has also picked up a BEM for her services to public libraries. Hariff-Khan has played a huge role in involving the community in the work of the region’s libraries, including campaigns to involve young people in their design and attract more volunteers. She has also devised and delivered training to Mosque teachers on the importance of creativity and leadership and was a driving force behind the UK’s first volunteer-led Islamic lending library in Bolton. “I am very blessed and humbled by the honour.

This award truly belongs to all those that have and continue to support me in my career and to all the amazing staff and communities that I work with,” she told The Muslim News.

British Muslims in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list

COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (CBE)

Nusseibeh Saker, CEO and Head of Investment at Hermes Fund Managers, for services to responsible business and to the financial sector.

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (OBE)

Abdel Ghayoum Babiker, Professor Of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University College London, for services to medical research.

Ali Akbor, CEO Unity Housing Association, for services to the community in Leeds

Dr Zahid Mehmood Chauhan, for services to homeless people.

Prof Sophie Gilliat-Ray, for services to education and to the Muslim community in the UK.

Sabah Gilani, CEO, Better Community Business Network, for services to young people and to the Muslim community.

Safet Vukalić, for services to genocide education.

Shabir Beg, Chair, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, for services to interfaith relations in Glasgow.

Taalay Ahmad Qudsi Rasheed, Head of Sanctions Unit and Deputy Director Multilateral Policy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, for services to British foreign policy.

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (MBE)

Arif Hussain, for services to the Muslim community in the UK and abroad.

Aziza Chaudry, Quality Manager, Adult Education Wolverhampton, for services to education.

Dr Adeela Ahmed Shafi, Reader in Education, University Of Gloucestershire, for services to social justice in Bristol.

Maksud Ahmed Gangat, Director of Education, Al Risalah Education Trust, for services to the Muslim community and interfaith in South London.

Mete Coban, Founder and Chief Executive, My Life My Say, for services to young people

Mohamed Ashraf Ali, Head of Projects, British Muslim Heritage Centre, for services to community relations.

Mohammad Saqib Bhatti, Lately President, Greater Birmingham Chamber Of Commerce, for services to diversity and inclusion in business communities.

Mohammed Tariq Rafique, For services to the community in Greater Manchester.

Mumtaz Ali, Work Coach, Sparkhill Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions, for services to disadvantaged customers in Birmingham.

Nadeem Hassan Javaid, For services to community cohesion and young people.

Nadiya Hussain, For services to broadcasting and the culinary arts.

Parveen Hassan, Inclusion and Community Engagement Manager, Crown Prosecution Service, for services to community engagement, inclusion and equality.

Yusuf Patel, Community Engagement Coordinator, Redbridge Borough Council, for services to the community in Greater Manchester.

MEDALLISTS OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE – BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL (BEM)

Afzal Pradhan, Volunteer Cricketeer, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, for services to cricket

Ali Abdi, for voluntary service to the BAME community in Cardiff.

Ibrahim Yousaf, for charity fundraising in Greater Manchester.

Nadia Rehman Khan, Co-Founder, The Delicate Mind, for services to mental health and integration in London and Birmingham.

Subnum Hariff-Khan, Chair of Libraries Connected NW Regional Group, for services to Public Libraries.

Yashmin Harun, for services to female BAME representation in sport

 

Exclusive: Performance of Muslim candidates

Elected candidates are in colour | * Newly elected candidate
Compiled by Elham A Buaras | Copyright 2019 The Muslim News.

Somaliland immigrant tops most influential black people list

(Photo credit: World Remit Flickr Commons)

Harun Nasruallah

A Somaliland immigrant has topped an annual list of the 100 most powerful people of African, African-Caribbean and African-American heritage in Britain.

Ismail Ahmed, the founder of pioneering money transfer firm WorldRemit which he set up in 2010 using compensation from the UN for exposing alleged corruption, topped this year’s Powerlist ahead of ‘grime’ artist Stormzy, the Duchess of Sussex and the footballer Raheem Sterling.

Ahmed, who grew up in the autonomous region of Somaliland, a breakaway territory that declared independence from Somalia in 1991, became interested in the money transfer industry after realising how many people relied on it.

In 1988, Ahmed left to study in London. He sent some of the money back to relatives living in a refugee camp. He then helped to run a money transfer project as part of the UN Development Programme, aiming to make a positive difference in a sector worth £545 billion and vulnerable to crime.

But Ahmed discovered alleged corruption in the UN’s Somalia remittance programme.

“My boss said if I went and submitted the dossier, I would never be able to work in remittances again. I lost my job to uncover fraud.” In February 2010 he received £200,000 in compensation from the UN for the way he had been treated after making allegations, the money he used to fund the launch of WorldRemit.

Having left the UN, Ahmed set about realising his ambition to start a mobile money transfer business. “While I was fighting for [my case] at the UN, I was also studying at the London Business School.”

During this time, he came up with a business plan for WorldRemit. It would offer a service for migrant workers to send money to countries across the world using just a smartphone and app. The service would cut out the agents needed to deal out the money.

Using a smartphone app, the service charges customers, a nominal fee and cuts out agents who formerly took a cut of the money. Michael Eboda, the Powerlist 2020 publisher, said: “Ismail is a true pioneer whose company is shaking up the remittance industry and positively impacting the lives of people around the world. His story is incredibly powerful and an inspiration to us all.”

A panel chaired by retired high court judge Dame Linda Dobbs selected the 13th Powerlist this year. It is designed to celebrate those at the top of a wide range of industries including business, science, technology and the arts.

Erdoğan opens Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque in Cambridge

(Photo:Mehmet Ali Özcan/Anadolu Agency)

Hamed Chapman

During a visit to Britain to attend a two-day NATO summit, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took time out to officially open Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque in Cambridge.

Inaugurating the new Cambridge Central Mosque, Erdoğan said its building would be the “best response to rising Islamophobia.” It has become “the symbol of solidarity against discrimination from the first-moment (and) will, God willing, continue to be the centre of unity, conversation and peace in the future.”

“Islam is a religion of peace,” he said, whilst condemning those who abuse the religion as an adjective to describe terrorism. Underlining that racism, discrimination, antisemitism and hostility towards Islam have recently increased in Europe, he said far-right movements are mostly targeting Muslims and the Turkish community.

“The last European Parliament elections have once again demonstrated that identity politics is becoming increasingly dominant in Europe,” the Turkish President argued, adding that the media and some politicians have deepened these prejudices with their irresponsible statements.

The road to building the first purpose-built mosque to cater to Cambridge’s diverse community of up to six thousand Muslim inhabitants began back in 2008 when students turned to Professor Timothy Winter, known as Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, the dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, who was instrumental in getting the land.

The design, which includes natural materials, is to boast a zero-carbon footprint using solar power, recycling rain collected from the roof for irrigation and windows fitted on the ceiling of the dome-shaped mosque to take advantage of natural light.

Also in attendance was Yusuf Islam, a founding patron of the mosque that prides itself on sustainability. More than 10,000 people and groups were reported to have donated money for the landmark purchase, with prominent Turkish groups and the Qatar National Fund also among the major donors.

 

Pakistani organisations’ chief wins Scottish diversity award

Nadine Osman

One of the leading figures in the Network of Pakistani Organisations has been named Diversity Hero Of The Year.

Raza Sadiq, the Network of Pakistani Organisations Scotland Chair, received the prestigious accolade in front of 400 guests gathered for the ceremony, organised by the Herald and GenAnalytics in Glasgow on October 10.

The event showcased the companies, organisations and individuals across Scotland making a difference to their communities and workplaces by putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of what they do.

Sadiq is chair of the Active Life Club in Glasgow, which has used diverse sports as a medium to bring communities and service providers together.

He said: “This award was very emotional for me because it’s the area I have been trying to tackle for over 20 years. Being among those who have suffered challenges and inequalities and those who have worked to tackle them made me feel very honoured.

“Inequality is a lifetime challenge and this award is recognition for all the hard work and it gives me and others encouragement to go on fighting and challenging on behalf of those who are not able to themselves.”

Sadiq has been committed to fostering better community relations for over two decades.
He has used community development models to inspire others to become equality champions, acting as change-makers and advocates in promoting fairness for all.

103 Muslim Prospective Parliamentary Candidates

The 15 Muslim MPs hoping to hold their seats joined by 88 other Muslim candidates
(Credit: Beta.parliament/Commons)

A comprehensive list compiled exclusively by The Muslim News of 103 Muslim Muslim Prospective Parliamentary Candidates contesting seats in the 2019 General Election, which are due to take place on December 12.

 

Muslim MPs (1992-2017)

Poll predictions are made using the Electoral calculus Ltd. Probability predictions were made on November 21 and are subject to poll changes and fluctuation. If you know of a Muslim candidate omitted from the list please email info@muslim news.co.uk

Key: * E (Elected MP & year of election) | * R (Replacing retiring MP)
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Break-down of Muslim Prospective Parliamentary Candidates

 

MUSLIM CANDIDATES 1992-2019 (3 MAIN PARTIES ONLY)

Year Con Lab Lib Dem TOTAL BY YEAR
2019 22 33 17 72
2017 9 24 14 47
2015 19 22 24 65
2010 15 16 21 52
2005 16 13 21 50
2001 8 7 11 26
1997 6 3 4 13
1992 4 0 1 5
Total 99 118 113 330

 

MUSLIM CANDIDATES 2019 (“OTHER” PARTIES ONLY)

Party No

Independent (IND) 10

Brexit Party (BRE) 8

Green Party (GRE) 6

Communities United Party (CUP) 2

Plaid Cymru Party (PC) 1

UK Independence Party (UKIP) 1

Renew Party (REN) 1

Animal Welfare Party (AWP) 1

Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) 1

 

MUSLIM CANDIDATES (GENDER)

MEN (69%)
WOMEN (31%)

 

REGION NO OF MUSLIM CANDIDATES

EAST 4

EAST MIDLANDS 1

LONDON 30

NORTH EAST 1

NORTH WEST 11

NORTHERN IRELAND 0

SCOTLAND 5

SOUTH EAST 7

WALES 4

WEST MIDLANDS 13

YORKS/HUMBER 13

Muslim poet wins two international competitions

Fathima Zahra recites her winning poem at the prestigious Bridport Prize
(Credit: Rachel Brown/Bridport Prize)

Elham Asaad Buaras

A young Muslim poet has won two international writing competitions, topping almost 4,000 other entries in one of them. Fathima Zahra from Essex scooped first prize in the prestigious Bridport Prize in August and the Wells Festival of Literature which ran from October 18 – 26.

Zahra won the festival’s Young Poets title for her poem ‘Thirteen’ she came in first place out of 65 entries; she followed the win with The Bridport Poetry Prize with the poem ‘Things I wish I could trade my headscarf for.’

Speaking to The Muslim News Zahra said, “Alhamdulillah, it’s been an amazing weekend. When I first found out I won the Bridport Prize in August, I could not believe it for a long time. I had only ended up sending my poem last minute to the competition when I found out Hollie McNish was judging because I was a fan of her authenticity in her work.”

“I thought if there was ever a chance my poem made it to the longlist and she gets to read it, that would make me very happy. Winning this and the Young Poets Prize at the Wells Festival of Literature was beyond my expectations.”
Kate Wilson, Programme Manager for The Bridport Prize, told The Muslim News,

“We had 3,911 submissions to the poetry award this year. For the overall competition (which includes short stories, flash fiction and first novel categories) we had over 10,000 submissions from 86 countries.”

Explaining why she selected Zahra’s poem ‘Thirteen’ to win the festival’s Young Poet’s prize, renowned Scottish poet and performer Miriam Nash said she was drawn to the poem’s “short lines, explosive images and energy.”

In a statement to The Muslim News Nash said, “I was there, feeling thirteen with lighter fluid and electric-blue eyeliner. These images are widely relatable, but the poem is also highly specific (‘an all-girls’ school in Jeddah). This root the poem in a very real world so that when the turn comes, it’s all the more devastating. Suddenly we’re in a syntax of negatives: ‘I wasn’t/back in India’, ‘Didn’t know/what octave to raise my/voice to.’”

“This is a brilliant storytelling device. The thirteen-year-old is still thirteen, still living in the negative, before the knowing, but the speaker isn’t allowed to stay there and nor are we. We know how her innocence ends, how it keeps ending, how it has ended for centuries.”The science student was born in India and raised in the Middle East before she moved to the UK. Her poems span her “lived experiences across these countries and the different ways I am perceived in each.”

Zahra’s work has been featured across BBC World News, The New Indian Express and Young Poets Network. She is also a Roundhouse Poetry Collective alumnus and was a runner up in the Roundhouse Poetry Slam final last year.

In her writing, she explores the lives of the diaspora, identity and belonging. She has been short-listed for the Outspoken Poetry Prize 2019 and the Women Poet’s Prize 2018 (Rebecca Swift Foundation). Her debut pamphlet Datepalm Ghazals comes out with Burning Eye Books in 2020.

100 Muslim scholars say adoption and fostering is a ‘communal obligation’

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Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor and Alison Halford

The Government does not record the religion of children in care but according to our research at Coventry University there around 4,500 Muslim children in the care system in Britain.

These Muslim children experience significant delays in finding long-term fostering or adoptive placements, and for some Muslim children, finding a permanent home may never happen. This is mainly due to significantly fewer black and minority ethnic families coming forward to adopt or foster.

Adoption and fostering – a taboo within the Muslim community?

Our research shows that theological misunderstandings are one of the reasons that British Muslims do not adopt or foster. Meryam (pseudonym) said that when she was adopting, “her mother and mother-in-law were both told by religiously informed friends that adoption is haram (or forbidden) in Islam.” Meryam encountered a misunderstanding that is prevalent in some Muslim communities.

Foster carers described similar challenges. Halima (pseudonym) said that her family stopped inviting her and her family to social occasions after she had started fostering. Abdullah (pseudonym) said that “negative attitudes to fostering were cultural rather than Islamic” and that they had led to “fostering an unrelated child being considered taboo.” Whereas Islam encouraged him to “place his hand of care on the vulnerable child’s head”, Muslim culture discouraged him.

What do Muslim scholars say about adoption and fostering?

60 Muslim British Muslim scholars from diverse denominations and traditions including Sunni, Shia, Deobandi and Barelvi came together to examine the theology around adoption and fostering. After carefully studying the contemporary British system of adoption and fostering and taking advice from social work professionals they produced a 27-page document entitled, ‘Islamic Guidance on the

Contemporary Practice of Adoption and Fostering in the UK.’ In this document, the scholars collectively conclude that “Muslim communities have an ethical duty to ensure that homeless and parentless children have guardians and families to look after them. The matter can thus be defined, according to Islamic Law, as a ‘communal obligation’ (Wājib ʿalā alKifāyah)”.

Crucially the scholars also state that “If the Muslim community as a whole fails to fulfil a ‘communal obligation’ then the whole community can be considered blameworthy.”

The guidelines produced by the scholars has been endorsed by nearly 100 Muslim scholars (The list is available online.) and therefore clarifies the enormity of the responsibility that lies on British Muslim communities to care for these most vulnerable of children. The full guidance is available to download here: http://bit.ly/IslamicGuidanceAdoptionFostering

Theological issue to consider

Here we summarise the scholars’ conclusions. There are different religious considerations in adoption and fostering.

In adoption, there are specific issues around establishing mahram relationships within adoptive families; protecting an adopted child’s biological lineage, and; an adopted child inheriting from its adoptive parents.

Mahram may be understood as unmarriageable family kin with whom strict modesty is not required.

A common solution to establish mahram relations is through feeding an adoptive child the breastmilk of its adoptive mother or a close female relation – such as the adoptive mother’s sister. Where breastmilk is fed to a child this should be done under medical supervision to prevent the spread blood-borne diseases and to protect the health of the adoptive mother.

Yet this is not always advisable, possible or indeed even needed – the scholars have advised that in adoption where a child has been intimately taken care of my its adoptive parents from a very young age, mahram relations come into play automatically and that it is not always necessary to lactate.

In relation to preserving the biological lineage of a child, the scholars were convinced that the British social work practice of life story work ensures that the child knows about his or her biological family and that he or she is adopted.

There is a debate about changing the surname of the child, again in their guidance document the scholars advised that it is okay to change the surname of the child as surnames do not have the same function that they did historically and in a social-media age it was important to protect the identity of the child. Finally, on inheritance, it is possible for adoptive parents to bequeath up to a third of their wealth to their child/ren.

The case of fostering is different from adoption and here theological scholars and practitioners need to work with foster carers to arrive at a different set of solutions. For example, as the demands and conditions of a foster placement are different, Islamic modesty guidelines are easier to navigate.

Safeguarding policy in foster placements are as stringent as Islamic modesty guidelines, and they often are in agreement with each other, which makes Islamic modesty guidelines easier to manage in fostering placements. Issues around biological lineage and inheritance are not relevant to fostering.

All children need families

The children in care are the most vulnerable in our societies. They may not be orphans but, they do not have families who can care for them and love them.

The Qur’an and the Sunnah (living by the habitual practice of Prophet Muhammad) insist that we care for a vulnerable child. Muslim scholars confirm that it is a communal obligation to care for these children.

Isn’t it then high time that we — British Muslim communities — came forward to do what we can for these children? And give them loving and secure homes and families that they deserve.

 

Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
Assistant Prof, Research Group Lead – Faith; Peaceful relations, CTPSR,
Coventry University,

Alison Halford
Project Research Assistant; PhD Candidate, CTPSR, Coventry University

Founder of contemporary Palestinian art wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr Swee Ang,  Co-Founder and Patron of British Charity Medical Aid for Palestinians awards Nabil Anani the Lifetime Achievement Award at the eightieth Palestine Book Awards (Credit: Middle East Monitor)

Elham Asaad Buaras

Founder of the contemporary Palestinian art movement, Nabil Anani, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the eightieth Palestine Book Awards (PBA) held in London on November 1.

Nominations for the prestigious awards – hosted and sponsored by the Middle East Monitor (MEMO) – start every January with submissions from publishers across the world. A total of 43 English language books were entered in this year’s competition with seven having been shortlisted by a panel of expert judges.

Anani, 76, received the award for Nabil Anani: Palestine, Land and People homage to a distinguished Palestinian artist in addition to the collective memories of Palestinians and the Palestinian homeland.

After his graduations in 1969 from the faculty of Fine Arts at Alexandria University, Anani returned to Palestine to start his career as an artist and trainer at the UN training college in Ramallah. He held his first exhibition in Jerusalem in 1972 and has since exhibited widely in Europe, North America, the Middle East, North Africa and Japan.

He was appointed in 1998 as the head of the League of Palestinian Artists and was a key player to establish the first International Academy of Art international academy of Fine Art in Palestine. Anani was also awarded the first Palestinian National Prize for Visual Art in 1997 by Yasser Arafat the first President of the Palestinian National Authority.

“I want to thank everyone who supported this book, I want to thank MEMO for organising this night,” said Anani who was presented his award by Dr Swee Ang, Orthopaedic Consultant and co-Founder and Patron of British Charity Medical Aid for Palestinians.
“The book addresses how I began painting and drawing half a century ago,” said Anani.

Dr Hosam Zomlot, the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, awarded Andrew Ross for his book Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel which this year was named the Social History Award winner.

The book is a unique take on the Israeli occupation concerning Palestine’s stones and indigenous stone industry and the establishment of another country. Zomlot joked that the Palestinian Ambassador was giving an award to a non Palestinian who is working hard for Palestinian rights.

The evening was opened by PBA judge Alan Waddams, who thanked guests for attending an event that celebrated important contributions to Palestinian literature.

“One thing is clear, nothing gets better…anywhere, especially not in Palestine,” Waddams remarked, noting the developments over the past year, in particular, the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel against international law, in addition to the expanding illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank with continued killings, dispossession and injustice faced by the Palestinian people.

In spite of these setbacks, Waddams continued, “The Palestinians never give up as each year we are able to enjoy fresh insights in literature and academia, which in this current age of Trump and fake news, it is more important than ever to collect the truth and to keep up the Palestinian struggle.”

Palestinian American human rights attorney and winner of Academic Award, Noura Erakat gave the keynote address highlighting the vast movements ranging from Puerto Rico and Hawaii to Sudan, Lebanon, and Iraq. Moving onto the besieged Gaza Strip, Erakat reminded the audience that this week will be the 81st week of protests demanding the right to return for refugees and ultimately freedom.

Erakat won for her book Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine which explores the role of international law in the struggle for Palestinian national liberation.

Croydon Mosque design shortlisted at architects award

Croydon Mosque’ prayer wing (Credit: Courtesy of Benedict O’Looney Architects)

Harun Nasrullah

Croydon Mosque’ has been shortlisted for the Community & Faith Project Category at prestigious Architects Journal Architecture Awards.’

The mosque has been shortlisted for the design of its newly opened women’s and children’s wings at their site in Croydon, South London.

This project is the third phase in the development of this mosque site and was designed by the Peckham-based, Benedict O’Looney Architects, working closely with the Croydon Mosque Committee. This recent project follows the same architect’s completion of new prayer rooms and minarets for the Peckham Mosque.

At the heart of this project is a double-height prayer room on the upper two floors.

This bright day-lit space is framed in exposed laminated timber in harmony with the building’s welcoming & low energy design. New top-lit men’s bathing areas to the ground level of this wing create a second route to the mosque’s main prayer hall.
Externally, the new wing uses traditional tiled arches and colourfully banded brickwork from Sussex and Surrey brickworks.

A significant part of the project was the completion of Britain’s longest tiled Quranic frieze in Arabic script, formed in glazed terracotta. The frieze is 50 feet long and 6 feet tall.This Quranic frieze was made by local ceramicist Lubna Chowdhary.

The new wing’s lift shaft forms the base of an eye-catching new minaret topped with a hand-made zinc dome covered in gold leaf. This new wing takes inspiration from traditional Ottoman and Mughal Islāmic architecture and references London’s brick civic architecture from the Arts & Crafts period.

Poorest will be most affected by Brexit, says Swinson

Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi interviews Liberal Democrat Leader, Jo Swinson (Credit: The Muslim News)

Hamed Chapman

Liberal Democrat Leader, Jo Swinson, has no doubt that Brexit needs to be stopped, arguing that the main victims will be the poorest people in society, including Muslims.

Swinson also believes that the Government’s controversial Prevent Extremism programme that supposed to be aimed at stopping terrorists ought to be revoked and be completely replaced. “We need a proper independent review of Prevent strategy.”

“If it is not sufficiently independent, it will need to be looked up again,” she told Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi in an exclusive interview. “It needs to be scrapped and replaced with something entirely new,” she said.
“I certainly think we need a more independent person” than the former reviewer of terrorism legislation Lord Carlile, who has again been selected to carry out a review of the discredited policy. “What is important is working hand in hand cooperatively with communities to tackle problems that exist.”
Regarding the party’s main policy on 2016 referendum to leave the European Union, the Liberal Democrat Leader said: “We should stop Brexit. I accept the people who will be most affected will be those who are poorest in our society. A disproportionate number of people are from the Muslim community. Those people will be the hardest hit.”
“We should not go ahead with the action that is bad for the jobs. Therefore, we should stop it. Liberal Democrats will invest in the National Health Service, on education,” she argued, going along with the main two parties that say they also want to rebuild the country and improve public services.

On combating Islamophobia

“In our party, equality is in our heart. We respect religion and freedom of belief, strong support for human rights, invest is schools and tackle climate emergency.”
On combating Islamophobia, Swinson said there are “two elements to the hate crimes.” Hate crimes, she said, should be made an aggravated offence. “We should have individuals to have a right to go about their business, be able to pray and demonstrate their faith the way they want.”

The second part, she specified, was the “cultural element.” How can Britain as a country be open and welcoming and recognising different faiths and different cultures. “Together makes our country stronger. We should be celebrating that.”
She cited the case of the last London Mayoral elections where she said there was a “despicable campaign run by the Conservatives.” Not being a Labour Party politician she said she could look at objectively and say it is completely wrong (the Islamophobia campaign targeted against Sadiq Khan).
“It should not have been acceptable. Conservative leaders should have put down and refused to engage in that type of demonization and insinuation and association of being Muslim with terrorism.”

Unlike the Government, the Liberal Democrats have accepted the definition of Islamophobia recommended by All-party parliamentary group (APPG) British Muslims. “There are very significant concerns about Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. This is an issue that needs to be addressed,” Swinson said.
With the equivalent of less than £2m being provided by the Government to protect Muslims, she said she “certainly recognised need for additional money and support for the safety and security of the mosques. They should get support from the local police officers. To implement this is incredibly important.”

The Jammu and Kashmir crises

Switching to foreign affairs, the Liberal Democrat Leader said that her party has “shown concern about the abuses in (India-controlled) Jammu and Kashmir. This is having a huge impact on freedom and their lives.” She added that “I certainly condemn violence taking place against people” of Kashmir. What action should be taken against Indian Government for the human rights abuses in Kashmir, Swinson said “the way forward is to have dialogue to find a way to a peaceful outcome.”

On Israel’s occupation of Palestine, she was in favour of a two-state solution but believed that it was undermined by illegal settlements. “The action I will be taking is to help to recognise Palestinian state which will provide impetus to get parties back to the table.” But she refused to be drawn into whether sanctions should be imposed on Israel for refusing to abide by United Nations resolutions. Challenged on why Muslims should for the Liberal Democrats, Swinson said that “equality” was at the heart of the party. “We respect religion and freedom of belief, strong support for human rights, invest is schools and tackle climate emergency.”

Palestinian activist missed Labour conference as visa delayed

Harun Nasrullah

Prominent Palestinian human rights activist and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), Omar Barghouti, missed a planned appearance at a Labour Party conference event last month after his visa was delayed.

Barghouti was due to speak at the event alongside the Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, the Unite General Secretary, Len McCluskey and Labour MP Lisa Nandy. Barghouti applied for his visa on September 2 but was informed his application would not be processed within the normal timeframe.

In an email to Barghouti, the British Embassy in Jordan said his application process had ‘not been straightforward’, and they were ‘unable to make a decision’ on his application within the usual time.

Barghouti was due to speak at The World Transformed, Momentum’s alternative Labour conference in an event titled ‘Palestine in the age of Trump.’ He appeared through video link instead. Barghouti branded the delay to his visa “a desperate attempt to silence Palestinian human rights defenders, especially BDS advocates, who challenge not only Israel’s regime of settler-colonialism and apartheid but also UK complicity in maintaining this regime.”

In April, Barghouti was barred from entering the US, where he was scheduled to meet with policymakers and journalists. He has previously visited both the UK and the US. He added: “Israel’s escalating war on BDS, supported mostly by far-right regimes and autocratic populists, follows Israel’s failure to stop support for Palestinian rights and BDS from growing worldwide.”

A spokesperson from The World Transformed said: “Omar Barghouti is an internationally renowned human rights defender working to amplify the voice of the Palestinian people struggling for their internationally recognised rights. We were excited to welcome him to share his perspective and experience of the criminalisation of solidarity, a problem which this incident further highlights.”

Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Kamel Hawwash, said: “This abnormal delay” in processing Barghouti’s visa application “comes in the context of statements by UK Government ministers expressing their intention to suppress UK support for the Palestinian-led BDS movement. Omar’s voice will be heard at the Labour conference and all of those committed to supporting universal principles of freedom, justice and equality will continue to stand strong in solidarity with the Palestinian people.”

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Our service standard is to decide straightforward applications within 15 working days, although more complex cases take longer.”

Muslim run raises thousands

Runners take part in the Muslim Charity Run in Victoria Park, East London on September 22 (Photo: Rehan Jamil/East London Mosque)

Nadine Osman

Hundreds of people took part in East London Mosque’s annual Muslim Charity Run in Victoria Park on September 22. Nearly 500 runners participated in the event to raise funds for 30 good causes.

After words of encouragement from Shaykh Mohammed Mahmoud, Senior Imam of the East London Mosque, it was followed by a brief warm-up session, lined up at the start line, to be spurred on their way by family and friends. Whilst the participants covered the 5km course, children played on bouncy castles and rides, adding to the joy of a family day out in the park. There were also free health check-ups and information stalls.

Winners in each of the age groups were presented with trophies by Councillor Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets. Every competitor received a medal for participation, made especially for the occasion.

Shaykh Abdul Qayum, Head Imam of the East London Mosque, congratulated all those taking part, emphasising the virtue of exercise and taking care of one’s health, which had been the theme for a recent Friday sermon.

In a statement to The Muslim News Dilowar Khan, Director at the East London Mosque, said, “It has been a huge blessing to see this annual event continue to grow, bringing together young and old, and raising money for so many worthy causes”.
Tozommul Ali, Senior Fundraising Officer for the Mosque, added, “This has been the biggest year so far, with more runners supporting more charities. We’re grateful to all those who took part, and to Tower Hamlets Council for once again making the facilities of Victoria Park available for this wonderful event.”

 

Commission seeks new focus on ‘hateful extremism’

Sara Khan was appointed by the Home Secretary to lead the CCE in January 2018 (Photo: Mramoeba/WikiCommons)

Hamed Chapman

The Government’s recently set-up Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) is seeking the establishment of a new taskforce led by the Home Secretary in a complete overhaul of the strategy.

Commission head, Sara Khan, who was previously a member of the Home Office’s Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Working Group, said that a new category of extremist behaviour outside of terrorism and violent extremism had been identified and was being called ‘hateful extremism.’

“I am putting forward a clear description of hateful extremism – the inciting or amplifying of hate, the hateful targeting of individuals and making the moral case for violence,” Khan said after carrying out what was described as the first-ever national conversation on extremism.

“Our country’s response to terrorism is robust. This is not the case for hateful extremism. Yet if we are to be successful in reducing the extremist threat in our society, we need to focus our efforts on challenging hateful extremism.”

She argued that the Government was not doing enough to protect victims and must do more to address the “spread of hateful extremism on our streets and online” as well as “urgently overhaul its approach to challenging extremism, starting with a new definition of hateful extremism, a new Government strategy and a Home Secretary-led taskforce.”

Advocacy group Cage described the latest report entitled Countering Extremism, Challenging Hateful Extremism as presenting “very little substantial content” in introducing “yet another new focus for the failing ‘extremism industry.’” It accused CCE of latching onto an “ever-expanding array of thoughts and beliefs that it seeks to ‘criminalise’under the banner of counter-extremism” to try to ensure the commission remained relevant.

The report summarises hateful extremism as “behaviours that can incite and amplify hate, or engage in persistent hatred, or equivocate about and make the moral case for violence” and that “draw on hateful, hostile or supremacist beliefs directed at an out-group who are perceived as a threat to the wellbeing, survival or success of an in-group and that cause, or are likely to cause, harm to individuals, communities or wider society.”

Asim Qureshi, Research Director for Cage, criticised it as “an attempt to take the UK down a deeper, darker path towards silencing any form of dissent to the structures of racism within the state.”

“Sara Khan has demonstrated her desire for a closed society, which is indicative of the poor way in which the entire topic has been studied and accepted. By relying on right-wing think tanks and Muslims committed to supporting securitisation, the CCE has only confirmed the objectionable nature of its existence,” he said.

The commission also coincidently published three academic papers on what it called “Islamism” as well as one on “Sikh activism.” The first examined what it called “The circuit of ‘islamist’ clerics who argue that all Muslims are subject to a religious obligation to establish a theocratic caliphate” before considering how institutions which promoted these clerics were welcomed into civil society and the consequences of that process of mainstreaming.

The second was an “analysis of ‘participationist’ or mainstream Islamism in Britain, including a brief history of the main groups, and a nuanced account of their goals, beliefs and values informed by original research.” The third asked what is to be done about the outlawed al-Muhajiroun and proposed that rather than increasing police powers, the Government should “empower local communities and former activists who reject the network’s ideology.”

Iranian denies attacking five Birmingham mosques

Elham Asaad Buaras

An Iranian man has denied causing at least £11,500 of damage to five mosques that had their doors and windows smashed on March 21.

Arman Rezazadeh appeared at Birmingham magistrates court on September 12, pleading not guilty to five charges of racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage committed. The 34-year-old was previously detained under the Mental Health Act but is now considered fit enough to be charged.

At the time, then Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, called the vandalism “deeply concerning and distressing.” MP for Birmingham Ladywood, Shabana Mahmood, said the attacks were “truly terrible.”

A district judge was told the charges related to damage to the Witton Islamic Centre, the al-Habib Trust and the Jamia Masjid Ghausia, all in the Aston area, as well as the Masjid Madrassa Faizul Islam in Perry Barr and the Jam-E-Masjid Qiblah Hadhrat Sahib Gulhar Shareef in Erdington.

Rezazadeh, of Handsworth in Birmingham, spoke only to indicate his pleas, state his address and confirm his nationality as Iranian.

Investigators said the vandalism in Birmingham was not terror-related nor motivated by right-wing extremism.

“West Midlands Police have conducted a thorough investigation and continue to work in partnership with mosques around the West Midlands to offer reassurance to our communities,” a spokesperson added.

The defendant was granted bail to appear at Birmingham crown court for a further hearing on October 10.

Ten year old achieves top GCSE grade

A brilliant 10-year-old Muslim schoolboy has scored top marks in his Computer Science GCSE, sitting the exam six years early. Ali Juma, who is still at primary school in London, achieved a Grade 9.

Ali told The Muslim News, “I was so shocked I had gotten the highest grade possible at the age of 10. I thought I would only get a 6!”.

His current end-of-year report at St Martins School, Mill Hill, saw him topping Mathematics with 100 per cent, even whilst working a few years above his level. At the age of seven, he scored exceptionally at Standardised CAT testing, and his reading/comprehension level was approximately double his age.

GCSE and A-level honour roll

A sample of 127 Muslim students of the many across the country who have excelled in their GCSE, A-level and equivalent exams this year.

 

KEY: Numerical grades: 9, 8 & 7 = A* or A | 6, 5 & 4 = B or C 3, 2 & 1 = D, E, F or G. Result presentation:

Numerical grade 7(x4) = grade attained multiple times i.e. the grade 7 was attained four times. Note: 4 is a standard pass and 5 is a strong pass.

All the results have been attained from the schools and colleges.

Results are for GCSE’s unless stated otherwise

EAST

Woodford County High School (Essex) A-level
Anjum Ali: A*, A(x2)
Eza Arshad: A*(x2), A
Jameela Ali: A*(x2), A(x2)
Mahnoor Shoaib: A(x2), B
Sadia Rahman: A*(x4)
Sharmeen Jawad: A, B(x2), C
Zara Ali: A*, A(x2), D

Woodford County High School
Amna Khan: 9(x4), 8(x5), 7
Anikah Rabbani: 9(x10)
Hanna Ahmed: 9(x7), 8(x2), 7
Maryam Khan: 9(x7), 8(x2), 7
Nusrat Razzaque: 9(x7), 8(x3)
Rozina Zaka: 9(x3), 8(x6), 7
Sharmeen Shariff : 9(x5), 8(x2), 7(x3)
Sofiah Shah: 9(x9), 8

EAST MIDLANDS

Bemrose School, The (Derby) Adam Danyal: 8, 7, 6(x6)
Sabha Hussein: 8, 7(x2), 6(x4)
Sarim Khalil: 8(x3), 7(x4), 6(x2)
Sidra Ali : 8, 7(x4), 6(x3)

Bemrose School, The GNVQ
Adil Hanif: Dist (x2), Merit
Hassan Rafique: Dist(x3)

Carlton le Willows Academy (Nottingham)
Aamina Mughal: 8(x2), 7(x2), 6(x3), 5
Abdullah Rehman: 9(x3), 8(x4), 7, 6(x2)

Judgemeadow Community College (Leicester)
Areeb Ahmed: 9(x4), 8(x4), 7, 6
Aysha Patel: 9(x3), 8(x6), 7
Dahura Usman: 9(x7), 8(x3)
Fatimah-Zahra Nazir: 9(x7), 8(x3), 7

Madani Boys School (Leicester)
Easaa Maniyar: 9(x5), 8(x3), 7
Moosa Ahmed: 9(x6), 8(x2), 7
Madani Girls School
Nafisa Chowdhury: 9, 8(x7), 7

LONDON

Al-Khair Secondary Schools (Boys)
Abdul-Mosawer: 8(x2),7(x4), 6(x2), 5
Mohammed Saber: A*, A , 9, 8(x4), 6(x2)
Salim Ahmad: 8, 7(x4), 6(x4)
Shakir Kasoma: 9(x3), 8(x3), 7(x3)
Tayyab Jarral: 8, 7(x5), 6, 5
Yousuf Ali: A*, 8, 7(x4), 6(x2)
Zubayr Hussain: 8, 7(x4), 6(x3), 5

Al-Khair Secondary Schools (Girls)
Aaisha Din: 9(x3), 8(x5), 7
Ayan Omar: 8(x3), 7(x3), 6(x2)
Farha Idrees: 9(x7), 8, 7
Hafsah G Cadogan: A*, 9, 8(x3), 7(x3), 6
Maryam Cheema: 8, 7(x7), 5

Camden School for Girls
Fahmeena Aziz : 9(x3), 8(x5), 7
Ishpa Ali: 9(x5), 8(x2), 7(x2), 6

Langdon Park School
Ahona Zaman: 9(x3), 8(x7)
Alisha Begum: D, 8(x5), 7(x3)
Habiba Jaman: 8(x5), 7(x3), 6
Humayrah Siddique : 9, 8(x3), 7(x2), 6(x3)
Mohammed N H Goni: 8(x4), 7(x2), 6(x2), 5
Sadia Khanam : 8(x6), 7(x2), 6
Saim Ali: 9 , 8(x2), 7(x4), 6 , 5
Umme Haani: 9 , 8(x3), 7(x4), 6
Zakaria Suleiman: 9(x3), 8 , 6 , 5

London Enterprise Academy
Hussain Zaman: 8, 7(x3), 6(x3)
Mahfuj Choudhury: 8(x4), 7(x4), 6
Mahir Rahman: 8, 7(x5), 6(x3)
Maryam Hussain: 9, 8(x3), 7(x5)
Mohammed Abdul Wasif: 9(x3), 8, 7, 6
Muwahhid Ekram: 9(x3), 8(x3), 7, 6(x2)
Shamso Ali: 9(x2), 7(x3)
Shanjida Haque: 9, 7(x2), 6(x2)
Sultana Khatun: 9, 8, 7(x5), 6(x2)
Sumaya Begum: 7(x8), 6(x2)
Tanzina Aktar: 9(x2), 8, 7(x2), 6
Thayef Kahar: 9, 8(x4), 7(x5), 6
Zariyab Mohammed: 9(x4), 8(x3), 7, 6(x3)
Zerin Islam: 9(x6), 8(x3), 7, 6

NORTH WEST

Afifah School (Manchester)
Aisha Almoudahi­­: A*, 9, 8(x3), 6(x2), 5, 4(x2)
Ameena Moss: A, 6(x5), 5(x2), 4, 3
Asya Kidan: A*, 7, 5(x4), 4, 3(x3)
Ayesha Zaman: 7, 6(x4), 5, 4(x2), 3, D
Khadija Ammar: A*, 7(x3), 6(x4), 5, 3
Maryama Abdulqadir : B, 7(x2), 6(x2), 5(x2), 4(x2), 3
Nermin Taylor: 8, 6, 5(x2), C, 4(x3), 3(x2)
Salsabil Megrab: A*, 8, 6(x4), 5, 4(x2), 3
Sehrish Taqusar: 6(x2), 5(x4), 4(x2), D, 3

Calday Grange Grammar School (Wirral) | A-level
Adam Sexstone: A, C, C
Omer Mudawi: A, B, C

Calday Grange Grammar School
David Jarad: 9(x3), 8(x2),7, 6(x3), 5
Obaii Mudawi: 9(x2),8(x4),7(x2),6(x2)
Omer Khan: 9(x6), 8, 7(x3)

Islamiyah Girls High School (Blackburn)
Aarefa Bham: 9(x3), 8(x4), 7(x5)
Aisha Nadat: 9(x2), 8(x2), 7(x6)
Ammarah Umar: 9(x8), 8(x3), 7
Maryam Sarwar: 9(x5), 8(x4), 7(x3)
Nusra Sajeel: 9(x2), 8(x7), 7(x3)
Saima Khan: 9(x4), 8(x5), 7(x2)
Saleha Sheikh: 9(x2), 8(x3), 7(x5)

Manchester Islamic High Shool for Girls
Aleena Hussain: 9, 8(x2), 7(x2), 6(x4)
Aribah Mirza: 8(x2), 7(x3), 6(x4), 5
Arij Elnagi: 9(x5), 8(x5)
Arwa Elazabi: 9, 8(x4), 7(x2), 6(x2), 5
Aysha Janjua: 8(x3), 7(x4), 6(x2)
Bismah Qadeer: 9, 8(x3), 7(x3), 6(x2)
Bnan Ali: 9(x2), 8(x5), 7(x2), 6
Doua Eltaie: 9(x2), 8(x3), 7(x2), 6(x2), 5
Filzza Shahid: 9(x3), 8(x4), 7, 5
Haleema Riaz: 9, 8, 6(x7)
Hanfa Qasim: 8, 7(x6), 6(x2)
Imaan Ahmed: 7(x6), 6(x3)
Imaan Islam: 9(x2), 8(x3), 7(x3), 6
Nazeeha M. Shahzada: 9(x2), 8(x4), 7(x2), 6
Rahma Abbas: 9(x4), 8(x4), 7
Rawan Mohamed: 9(x3), 8(x5), 7(x2)
Saaleha Abbas Khan: 8(x2), 7(x6), 6
Sarah El-Mahmoudi: 9(x3), 8(x6), 7(x2)
Sarah Sami: 9, 8(x6), 7(x2)

Padgate Academy (Warrington)
Shanza Jehangir: 8, 7(x7)

SOUTH EAST

Collingwood College (Surrey) A-level
Leen Khatib: B, C
Shamia Miah: B, C(x2)
Collingwood College
Sanjidah Hussain: 8(x2), 7(x5), 6, 5(x3)

SOUTH WEST

Bournemouth School for Girls
Rand Khalil: 9(x4), 8(x5), 7(x2)

City Academy Bristol
Ikal Warsame: 9(x4), 7(x2), 6
Mohammed I Ilyas: 8, 7(x2), 6(x2)

Hayesfield Girls’ School & Mixed 6th Form (Bath)
Laila Bakali: 8(x5), 7(x3), 6, 5
Mehrin Chowdhury: Dist*(x2), 8(x2), 7(x3), 6(x2), 5

Rednock School (Gloucestershire) GCE 
Tayyibah Mulla: A(x2), C

Rednock School
Tariq Soliman: 8(x3), 7(x5), 6

WEST MIDLANDS

Abbey College in Malvern A-level
Bekzod Fayzulloev: A*(x2), A(x3)
Otabek Tursunov: A*(x2), A

Al-Burhan Grammar School (Birmingham)
Amina Qureshi: 9, 8(x3), 7(x3), 6(x4)
Halima Zaheer: 8(x3), 7(x3), 6(x3), 5(x2)
Haniah R Kayani: 8(x2), 7(x4), 6(x3), 5
Hijab Nasir: 9, 6(x4), 5(x4)
Hina Amjad: 9, 8(x3), 7(x4), 5
Juairiya Khanom: 9(x3), 8(x5), 7(x3)
Kalsuma Mumtaz: 9(x2), 8(x3), 7(x3), 6(x2)
Nusayba Mohamed: A, 9(x4), 8(x2), 7(x2), 6
Saja Abdallah: A*, 9(x6), 8(x3), 7
Samrah Hassan: 9(x3), 8(x4), 7, 6, 5

Compiled by Elham Asaad Buaras | © The Muslim News 2019

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